featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (did you have fun?)
Excellent news #1: I might not be completely hopeless at pool. [livejournal.com profile] triadruid and I have put in a few evenings of dicking around playing pool at Side Pockets, and, while I can't actually beat him, I can now lose a lot closer game. :) Last night I learned the black art of the cut shot. I figure as long as we keep playing about once a week or so, I'll be able to retain the skills I'm acquiring, and one day, one day, I might be able to beat the boy. For now, though, I am satisfied to mostly not look like a complete fuckwit.

Excellent news #2: I have found a viable option for a location for the Longest Night party. More on that as it develops. *grin*

Excellent news #3: I am off work today, and crossing my fingers that at the end of the day, I'll have the Saturn all legally registered to me, with tags and everything. We'll see.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Excellent news #1: I might not be completely hopeless at pool. [livejournal.com profile] triadruid and I have put in a few evenings of dicking around playing pool at Side Pockets, and, while I can't actually beat him, I can now lose a lot closer game. :) Last night I learned the black art of the cut shot. I figure as long as we keep playing about once a week or so, I'll be able to retain the skills I'm acquiring, and one day, one day, I might be able to beat the boy. For now, though, I am satisfied to mostly not look like a complete fuckwit.

Excellent news #2: I have found a viable option for a location for the Longest Night party. More on that as it develops. *grin*

Excellent news #3: I am off work today, and crossing my fingers that at the end of the day, I'll have the Saturn all legally registered to me, with tags and everything. We'll see.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
I sold my car today. I am spending the money on a HEPA air purifier for my bedroom.

This is the kind of exciting life I lead.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
I sold my car today. I am spending the money on a HEPA air purifier for my bedroom.

This is the kind of exciting life I lead.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Car is back. [livejournal.com profile] triadruid dropped his car off at the shop while we were picking Asmodeus up, for lo, the windshield wipers in the Druidmobile do nothing. Asmodeus does not seem to be overheating anymore, but the oil leak is still there (they kindly marked on the 'courtesy inspection' in the box that says 'fluid leaks' but didn't fix it). I suppose that's okay, since it turned out not to be related to the overheating, but I'm still mildly annoyed about it.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] matchgirl42 and I carved pumpkins last night. She had never carved a pumpkin before, so we basically insisted that she should do so immediately. At some point, I suspect that she will get tired of us flipping out every time she says she's never done something, but it hasn't happened yet.

We've also done a Big Stupid Pumpkin Project again this year, but it sounds so stupid that I hesitate to describe it here. You'll have to wait for the pictures (and I'll have to get batteries for my camera).

EDIT: For no good reason at all, I'm spending a lot of time and energy this morning trying not to filk the song "I Don't Like Mondays" into "I Don't Like Monkeys". I'm throwing it out there because I know that you guys will do it, and then I won't have to. :)
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Car is back. [livejournal.com profile] triadruid dropped his car off at the shop while we were picking Asmodeus up, for lo, the windshield wipers in the Druidmobile do nothing. Asmodeus does not seem to be overheating anymore, but the oil leak is still there (they kindly marked on the 'courtesy inspection' in the box that says 'fluid leaks' but didn't fix it). I suppose that's okay, since it turned out not to be related to the overheating, but I'm still mildly annoyed about it.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] matchgirl42 and I carved pumpkins last night. She had never carved a pumpkin before, so we basically insisted that she should do so immediately. At some point, I suspect that she will get tired of us flipping out every time she says she's never done something, but it hasn't happened yet.

We've also done a Big Stupid Pumpkin Project again this year, but it sounds so stupid that I hesitate to describe it here. You'll have to wait for the pictures (and I'll have to get batteries for my camera).

EDIT: For no good reason at all, I'm spending a lot of time and energy this morning trying not to filk the song "I Don't Like Mondays" into "I Don't Like Monkeys". I'm throwing it out there because I know that you guys will do it, and then I won't have to. :)
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (messy)
Car bill will run approximately $300. I think that puts me at about $1800 in repairs for the past 6 months, which is equivalent to a low-end car payment.

On the bright side, the guy at the shop thinks he knows someone who is looking to buy a small car for cheap. I told him to talk to this alleged guy and see what he'd give me for the car. I have to imagine that this will be a better deal than whatever they're willing to give me in trade at the dealership. In any case, it's nice to have another option.

EDIT: Bonus round. I can't get a loan for a vehicle. The PARADE OF FAIL continues.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Car bill will run approximately $300. I think that puts me at about $1800 in repairs for the past 6 months, which is equivalent to a low-end car payment.

On the bright side, the guy at the shop thinks he knows someone who is looking to buy a small car for cheap. I told him to talk to this alleged guy and see what he'd give me for the car. I have to imagine that this will be a better deal than whatever they're willing to give me in trade at the dealership. In any case, it's nice to have another option.

EDIT: Bonus round. I can't get a loan for a vehicle. The PARADE OF FAIL continues.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Asmodeus is down again. Apparently, something in the electrical system, with extra added bonus new oil leak. At this point, it doesn't even make a lot of sense to fix him again, if I'm just going to try to trade him in. Except that if I don't fix him, I won't be able to drive him to the car lot. Ergh.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Asmodeus is down again. Apparently, something in the electrical system, with extra added bonus new oil leak. At this point, it doesn't even make a lot of sense to fix him again, if I'm just going to try to trade him in. Except that if I don't fix him, I won't be able to drive him to the car lot. Ergh.

Ah, car.

Sep. 18th, 2007 10:42 am
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Indeed. Two hoses, a seal, and a coolant flush & fill. Somewhere in the $250-300 range. Not ideal, but not unbearably painful either. They can do the repair today.

[livejournal.com profile] triadruid, can you come get me a bit early (4:30-5ish) so that we can be sure to get there and pick him up before they close?

Ah, car.

Sep. 18th, 2007 10:42 am
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Indeed. Two hoses, a seal, and a coolant flush & fill. Somewhere in the $250-300 range. Not ideal, but not unbearably painful either. They can do the repair today.

[livejournal.com profile] triadruid, can you come get me a bit early (4:30-5ish) so that we can be sure to get there and pick him up before they close?
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (pout)
Sooo....
Asmodeus blew up this afternoon. Well, not actually blew up, I guess. Lost all the water in the radiator suddenly and without warning. That's more accurate, but less concise. Anyway, he had to be towed to the shop, and I'll have to go round to the shop tomorrow and ask them to take a look. For those of you playing along at home, yes, in fact, he *was* just in the shop, and yes, in fact, they *did* say nothing was wrong with his engine.

*sigh*

You know what the worst part is?
I know more than one joke that centers around the phrase "It looks like you blew a seal".
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Sooo....
Asmodeus blew up this afternoon. Well, not actually blew up, I guess. Lost all the water in the radiator suddenly and without warning. That's more accurate, but less concise. Anyway, he had to be towed to the shop, and I'll have to go round to the shop tomorrow and ask them to take a look. For those of you playing along at home, yes, in fact, he *was* just in the shop, and yes, in fact, they *did* say nothing was wrong with his engine.

*sigh*

You know what the worst part is?
I know more than one joke that centers around the phrase "It looks like you blew a seal".
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Just got a call from the mechanic. They tell me that the noise I'm hearing is a combination of the general shittiness of the timing belt, and the general shittiness of the tires. They also had a list of other shit that they could take care of while they were in there, mostly maintenance stuff.

So I'm getting four new tires and some alignment work (needed!), and they're replacing the timing belt and the serpentine belts (needed). While they're in there, they're going to do the water pump, on the grounds that it should be replaced every 100000 miles and it's a bitch to get to, and replace the battery (should be done evey 75000 miles). (I'm at 160,000 miles, for reference, and have not replaced either of those things since I've owned the car.) This is going to run me about $1100. Which is just about the money that I got the other day from [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants for emergency funds. Easy come, easy go.

After this, I will apparently still need to replace the spark plugs and wires (which I'm pretty sure I can do), replace the air filter and fuel filter (I know I can do the air filter, and if I get a reference, I think I can do the fuel filter), drain and fill the transmission fluid, and generally clean out the fuel system. They wanted an additional $500 for all of this, which I graciously declined.

Broke again. :(
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Just got a call from the mechanic. They tell me that the noise I'm hearing is a combination of the general shittiness of the timing belt, and the general shittiness of the tires. They also had a list of other shit that they could take care of while they were in there, mostly maintenance stuff.

So I'm getting four new tires and some alignment work (needed!), and they're replacing the timing belt and the serpentine belts (needed). While they're in there, they're going to do the water pump, on the grounds that it should be replaced every 100000 miles and it's a bitch to get to, and replace the battery (should be done evey 75000 miles). (I'm at 160,000 miles, for reference, and have not replaced either of those things since I've owned the car.) This is going to run me about $1100. Which is just about the money that I got the other day from [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants for emergency funds. Easy come, easy go.

After this, I will apparently still need to replace the spark plugs and wires (which I'm pretty sure I can do), replace the air filter and fuel filter (I know I can do the air filter, and if I get a reference, I think I can do the fuel filter), drain and fill the transmission fluid, and generally clean out the fuel system. They wanted an additional $500 for all of this, which I graciously declined.

Broke again. :(

Car doom.

Apr. 16th, 2007 03:35 pm
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Asmodeus is going in for a check-up tomorrow, and almost certainly some repairs. He's developed a grinding noise, almost identical to the grinding noise you get when your brakes are going out, when you've let them proceed past squeaking into full-on metal-on-metal grinding. The difference is that he is making this noise on acceleration, not braking. Also, he's having some transmission issues around the clickover point from 4th to 5th.

The car gods, if they are kind, will intervene so that the need for a new transmission is forestalled and the grinding sound be easily resolved. Of course, a) I'm not sure who the car gods are, and b) I have no idea what makes the grindy-grindy sound when you hit the gas (fuel pump? usually that goes clicky-clacky, not grindy-grindy, and yet, what else is likely?). So I'm not real optimistic about the whole thing.

On the other hand, I'm not about to become a member of the Great Unhorsed without some sort of struggle.

Car doom.

Apr. 16th, 2007 03:35 pm
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Asmodeus is going in for a check-up tomorrow, and almost certainly some repairs. He's developed a grinding noise, almost identical to the grinding noise you get when your brakes are going out, when you've let them proceed past squeaking into full-on metal-on-metal grinding. The difference is that he is making this noise on acceleration, not braking. Also, he's having some transmission issues around the clickover point from 4th to 5th.

The car gods, if they are kind, will intervene so that the need for a new transmission is forestalled and the grinding sound be easily resolved. Of course, a) I'm not sure who the car gods are, and b) I have no idea what makes the grindy-grindy sound when you hit the gas (fuel pump? usually that goes clicky-clacky, not grindy-grindy, and yet, what else is likely?). So I'm not real optimistic about the whole thing.

On the other hand, I'm not about to become a member of the Great Unhorsed without some sort of struggle.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (I am invincible!)
Asmodeus is all legal now. Per my last 'safety inspection', I had to replace one of his brake lights. I've been carrying the bulbs around for like three months but just hadn't bothered to do it. There's something amiss in his electrical system that causes this same light to blow all the time. Anyway.
Cut for blood )
So I finish the job. I make a solid attempt to change the high light, which is also dead. I can't pull the socket away from the light housing. I swear some more. I remember that the last time I went in for inspection, two years or so ago, I couldn't pull the thing either, so it's been dead for at least two years and it has not caused me any problems yet, so I ignore it. I also remember that the last time I changed out the light that bit me, I had also injured myself. I theorize that perhaps the car requires blood sacrifice every so often. Could be true, right?

I pack my crap up, and head down to the service station to get an inspection. I am the eleventeenth car in line. It will be a few hours. The service station I go to is in Belgium, which is not really close to my house, but they do a good job, and I know there will be something for me to do within walking distance while I wait. So I spend the next two hours wandering around Belgium, which is always exciting. I stop in at the candle shop and pick up some votives. I hit a few more shops, in which they sell nothing I need, but I have some time to kill. I wander further down the street and discover a hair salon. I think, well, I have nothing better to do, and I desperately need a haircut. I spend an hour (an hour! I do not have that much hair, people!) in the salon, and come out with something much better than what I went in with, so that's good.

I amble down to the service station to see if they are done. They've been done for 45 minutes, but hadn't bothered to call and tell me. But, miraculously, I do pass inspection. At this point, I have all the necessary talismans in hand, so I proceed to the final challenge, the DMV. There are approximately nine billion people in the line, and although there are five windows at which clerks could theoretically exist, only one actually has a clerk in it. Waiting occurs. Then, more waiting. I have started to compose existentialist theatre in my head. Finally, the coven meeting breaks up in the secret room, and a string of clerks arrives. I wait some more, but am cheered by the new arrivals. The woman behind me is there with her daughter. They are hispanic, and the mother is teaching English to the daughter. She has brought a book on earthquakes and volcanoes for this purpose, and is reading it aloud.

At long last, I face the guardian. She demands the objects of power: renewal slip, insurance, property tax receipt from 2004, property tax reciept from 2005, safety inspection, driver's license. I present them, and she charges me $54.50 and gives me two shiny stickers that say 2008. I am legal again, complete.

So, um, that's been my day. Here at the office getting a few things prepared for tomorrow.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Asmodeus is all legal now. Per my last 'safety inspection', I had to replace one of his brake lights. I've been carrying the bulbs around for like three months but just hadn't bothered to do it. There's something amiss in his electrical system that causes this same light to blow all the time. Anyway.
Cut for blood )
So I finish the job. I make a solid attempt to change the high light, which is also dead. I can't pull the socket away from the light housing. I swear some more. I remember that the last time I went in for inspection, two years or so ago, I couldn't pull the thing either, so it's been dead for at least two years and it has not caused me any problems yet, so I ignore it. I also remember that the last time I changed out the light that bit me, I had also injured myself. I theorize that perhaps the car requires blood sacrifice every so often. Could be true, right?

I pack my crap up, and head down to the service station to get an inspection. I am the eleventeenth car in line. It will be a few hours. The service station I go to is in Belgium, which is not really close to my house, but they do a good job, and I know there will be something for me to do within walking distance while I wait. So I spend the next two hours wandering around Belgium, which is always exciting. I stop in at the candle shop and pick up some votives. I hit a few more shops, in which they sell nothing I need, but I have some time to kill. I wander further down the street and discover a hair salon. I think, well, I have nothing better to do, and I desperately need a haircut. I spend an hour (an hour! I do not have that much hair, people!) in the salon, and come out with something much better than what I went in with, so that's good.

I amble down to the service station to see if they are done. They've been done for 45 minutes, but hadn't bothered to call and tell me. But, miraculously, I do pass inspection. At this point, I have all the necessary talismans in hand, so I proceed to the final challenge, the DMV. There are approximately nine billion people in the line, and although there are five windows at which clerks could theoretically exist, only one actually has a clerk in it. Waiting occurs. Then, more waiting. I have started to compose existentialist theatre in my head. Finally, the coven meeting breaks up in the secret room, and a string of clerks arrives. I wait some more, but am cheered by the new arrivals. The woman behind me is there with her daughter. They are hispanic, and the mother is teaching English to the daughter. She has brought a book on earthquakes and volcanoes for this purpose, and is reading it aloud.

At long last, I face the guardian. She demands the objects of power: renewal slip, insurance, property tax receipt from 2004, property tax reciept from 2005, safety inspection, driver's license. I present them, and she charges me $54.50 and gives me two shiny stickers that say 2008. I am legal again, complete.

So, um, that's been my day. Here at the office getting a few things prepared for tomorrow.

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